Work: Paradiso

Dante’s Paradiso: works in glass, plaster, metal, fabric, pigment 1993-94

Read Pamela Hardesty and Seamus Heaney on these works in the exhibition catalogue. Click here>



The First Heaven: The Moon, Souls diminished by doubt
90cm square canvas layers, acrylic pigment, thread, under etched, painted glass

The Second Heaven: Mercury, Souls diminished by worldly ambition
90cm square plaster, wire, pigment under etched, varnished, glass

 

The Third Heaven: Venus, Souls diminished by worldly passion
90cm square plaster and thread, canvas, pigment, nails, under etched and varnished glass

The Fourth Heaven: the Sun, Souls of the Theologians
90cm square plaster with canvas, nails, acrylic pigment under etched glass

The Fifth Heaven: Mars, The Blessed Martyrs
90cm square plaster with nails, canvas, pigment under etched glass

The Sixth Heaven: Jupiter, The Just Rulers
90cm square plaster with thread, pigment under etched glass

The Seventh Heaven: Saturn  the Contemplatives
150 x 50 at widest point etched glass bound with wire on brass rods, gold leaf

The Eighth Heaven: The Vision of Christ
50 x 120cm glass, nails, on painted wooden panel with gold leaf

The Vision of Christ  (detail)
Detail of glass units over nails as structure

The Eighth Heaven: The Vision of the Souls in Radiance
120cm square carved, painted plaster over painted glass

The Vision of the Souls in Radiance  (detail)

The Eighth Heaven: the Vision of Mary
50 x 120cm square etched, painted, stained glass on nails over painted wooden panel

The Eighth Heaven: the Nine Orders of Angels
120cm square glass, nails, on painted wooden panel

The Ninth Heaven: the Primum Mobile
100cm square glass, acrylic on copper nails, copper wire, on painted wooden panel

The Primum Mobile  (detail)
Detail of glass, wire, painted panel at centre

The Empyrean: The River of Light
150 x 50cm plaster, glass, acrylic pigment, gold leaf

The Empyrean: The Celestial Rose
110cm square painted, etched glass layers over painted wooden panel with gold leaf

The Empyrean: Vision of God
150cm square painted plaster over wooden panel, over glass, over mirror glass; halogen lights

Further Reading:

Read Pamela Hardesty and Seamus Heaney on these works in the exhibition catalogue. Click here>

Ready for the Stars – Michael Longley, poet in residence at Trinity College Dublin, opened Pamela Hardesty’s exhibition  Dante’s Paradiso at the Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, 7 April 1993.
Read his opening remarks here>

Download Dante’s Paradiso online from Project Gutenberg here> or find the Dorothy L. Sayers translation on Abebooks or Amazon

Details of exhibitions:

Supported by Arts Council grants for research in Ravenna and Florence in 1992
Touring:
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork 1993. Opened by Br. Anthony Keane, OSB Glenstal; Sean Dunne, Poet; Catherine O’Brien, Italian Dept. UCC.   Gallery talk; UCC Italian Dept. Lecture.
Pantheon Gallery, Dublin 1993, as part of Festa Italiana. Opened by Michael Longley, Poet in residence, Trinity College Dublin.  Gallery talk
Limerick City Gallery, Limerick 1993. Gallery talk
Italian Cultural Institute, Dublin 1994. Lecture in the Institute

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